Audition Notice - New Works Festival

Date: October 23, 2018

17th Annual New Works Festival


Monday, November 12, 2018

AUDITION TIME: 6:00 pm—10:00 pm

AUDITION LOCATION: Firehouse Center for the Arts Market Square, Newburyport MA 01950


Performance Dates: January 18-19 & 25-26, 2019

Performance Location: The Arakelian Theater Firehouse Center for the Arts, Market Square, Newburyport, MA Visit for directions

Producer: Firehouse Center for the Arts 

Executive Director: John Moynihan

Rehearsal schedules to be determined based on availability of directors and cast, and will differ per play. Tech/dress rehearsals will take place in the Wednesdays and Thursdays prior to performance weekends.

About the Festival: The Firehouse is committed to the development of new work. Over the past 16 years, more than 200 have been performed on our stage first-through our annual Firehouse New Works Festival. This festival fosters the growth of New England playwrights while showcasing the talent of local and regional actors and directors. Playwrights from across New England submit their 10-minute shorts, one-act, and full-length plays to an independent panel who select the festival’s shows in anonymous readings. Directors and their casts then work with selected playwrights to produce two weekends of original theater.

Audition Requirements: Actors should prepare two (2) contrasting monologues, no longer than one minute in length for each monologue. Please provide a resume/bio of theater experience. Providing a headshot is recommended (especially if you have never auditioned or performed at the Firehouse)

Festival Details: • Shorts will be memorized. Full-length and One Act plays will be presented as a staged reading.

• One Full Length, three One Acts and fourteen Shorts will be presented.

• Directors are looking to cast approximately 20 male roles (ages 16-65+) and 20 female roles (ages 11-65+)

• Actors may only accept roles in two pieces during the run of the festival (and not on the same evening).

• Roles are not paid.

• The show schedule will be posted on the day of auditions. Prior sign up for an audition time slot is required!

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Prior sign up for an audition time slot required. Complete this audition form (please download the form before filling it out, and make sure your info is saved before submitting) and use this link to request a time slot. You will be contacted by the Firehouse with your audition time within 2 business days of your submission. The deadline for submissions is Friday, November 9th. If you have any questions or wish to audition but are unable to on that date, please contact


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